Wednesday, October 26, 2016
A prophet is someone who identifies your behavior and tells you what will happen if you continue on your present course, but people don't listen because they see no problem or change "in the present moment." In essence, the behavior of the moment has not yet reaped prophetic results. The first drink for an alcoholic would be an example. The first drink is "prophetic." It is announcing, as much as a drink can announce, that this first drink is a bad idea. It will lead to craving for more. More drinking will lead to more drinking, and then disaster happens. But the alcoholic does not listen because the first drink makes them feel good in the moment. Now consider a good spiritual practice. Meditation, prayer, is prophetic too. Say what? Well, it is telling you that if you continue on a daily practice, your life will change for the better. You tend not to believe this because day one of this prayer seems to bring no great change, if any. Keep at it and good things will happen. For the recovering alcoholic, what if you spent as much time on spiritual matters as you did on drinking? Wow! That is a lot of prayer.